Sydney - Australia wing Cooper Vuna has
been cleared to play in the third test against Wales on Saturday despite
his dangerous tackle on Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny in the second
The rugby league convert received a yellow card after
clattering into Halfpenny while the Welshman was catching the ball in
the air in the 60th minute of Australia's 25-23 victory in Melbourne
Vuna immediately made an apologetic gesture to
Halfpenny, who had landed on his head, and the judicial officer who
reviewed the tackle after the winger's citing decided there were
mitigating factors "including a lack of intent", the Australian Rugby
Vuna, who came in to the Australia side to make his
debut in the first test only after Joe Tomane suffered an ankle injury
in training, might not start on Saturday in any case.
Beale, who missed Australia's victories in the first two tests with a
shoulder injury, is close to full fitness and could be available for the
match at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Wallabies coach Robbie
Deans had indicated he would pick Beale at fullback if he was fit,
meaning a likely move to the wing for the versatile Adam Ashley-Cooper.
Deans will name his side on Tuesday.